Sellic Spell

Sellic Spell es un breve texto en prosa escrito por JRR Tolkien en un intento creativo de reconstruir el cuento popular subyacente en la narrativa de las primeras dos mil líneas del poema inglés antiguo Beowulf. Entre otras cosas, busca aclarar e integrar una serie de hilos narrativos en el poema anglosajón. El texto resulta ser una variante suelta del tipo de cuento popular de Skilful Companions, en el que cada uno de varios personajes tiene una habilidad valiosa pero específica.


Sellic Spell es un breve texto en prosa escrito por JRR Tolkien en un intento creativo de reconstruir el cuento popular subyacente en la narrativa de las primeras dos mil líneas del poema inglés antiguo Beowulf. Entre otras cosas, busca aclarar e integrar una serie de hilos narrativos en el poema anglosajón. El texto resulta ser una variante suelta del tipo de cuento popular de Skilful Companions, en el que cada uno de varios personajes tiene una habilidad valiosa pero específica.
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Sellic Spell


"Sellic Spell" is a short prose text available in Modern and Old English redactions, written by J.R.R. Tolkien in a creative attempt to reconstruct the folktale underlying the narrative in the first two thousand lines of the Old English poem Beowulf. Among other things, it seeks to clarify and integrate a number of narrative strands in the early medieval poem. The resulting text is a loose variant of the Skilful Companions type of folktale, in which each of several characters has a valuable but specific skill. Unlike in folktales of that type, however, the skills of Tolkien's characters do not supplement each other in the resolution of the narrative problem. Tolkien's recasting of the material also incorporates the sluggish youth motif and the abandonment of the hero at the waterfall, both elements found in the analogous Old Icelandic Grettis saga. The suggestion that a waterfall like that of Grettis saga was part of the original setting of the pool of monsters in Beowulf was made by W.W. Lawrence in 1912. In an article in Tolkien Studies (2016), Paul Acker shows that Tolkien's principal scholarly resource in recasting the tale was R. W. Chamber's 1921 work, Beowulf: An Introduction to the Study of the Poem.
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Sellic Spell


"Sellic Spell" is a short prose text available in Modern and Old English redactions, written by J.R.R. Tolkien in a creative attempt to reconstruct the folktale underlying the narrative in the first two thousand lines of the Old English poem Beowulf. Among other things, it seeks to clarify and integrate a number of narrative strands in the early medieval poem. The resulting text is a loose variant of the Skilful Companions type of folktale, in which each of several characters has a valuable but specific skill. Unlike in folktales of that type, however, the skills of Tolkien's characters do not supplement each other in the resolution of the narrative problem. Tolkien's recasting of the material also incorporates the sluggish youth motif and the abandonment of the hero at the waterfall, both elements found in the analogous Old Icelandic Grettis saga. The suggestion that a waterfall like that of Grettis saga was part of the original setting of the pool of monsters in Beowulf was made by W.W. Lawrence in 1912. In an article in Tolkien Studies (2016), Paul Acker shows that Tolkien's principal scholarly resource in recasting the tale was R. W. Chamber's 1921 work, Beowulf: An Introduction to the Study of the Poem.
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